Monday, May 27, 2013

Combine the Victorious at Media Club: Video Relase!

Combine the Victorious will be joined by Blank Cinema, Marc Wild and Badgerchild at the Media Club this Thursday night, May 30th.  They will also be debuting their epic new Smoke and Choke video directed by Stefan Sigerson. 

In addition to the live music Boutique Empire will also be offering a mini sampler from each of the performing artists on the bill that night.  A very short run of cds with four rather splendid new songs will be offered at the venue for collectors and music lovers.  Robert Edmonds has been commissioned to create cover art for the collection as well!

Thursday May 30th
The Media Club - 695 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets only $8
Doors at 8:00
Performances begin at 9PM

Badgerchild - 9PM
Marc Wild 9:30PM
Combine the Victorious - 10PM
Blank Cinema - 11PM

Monday, May 20, 2013

Art and Fashion June 1st

Fashion designer Isabelle Dunlop will be joining with artist Zofia Astrid on June 1st for a art show/ fashion pop up in Gastown, Vancouver.  A single night of paintings, fashion and music, held in the heart of Gastown: 33 Water Street. 

Following up the Vancouver Art Expo, Zofia will be showing a full catalog, with new and original art for purchase, as well as hand-painted canvas prints.

Isabelle will be displaying her latest designs, refurbished  jackets, as well a long time staples from her well loved woolen collection. (private afternoon fittings are available for Isabelle by appointment only.  Please contact her at

DJ sets from Combine the Victorious will fill the loft with the latest in electronic music. 

Doors at 6PM to 9PM. 

 For more information on the art please contact

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pure / Guilty About Girls at A Change of Frequency

Saturday night was a full night of music at the Change of Frequency festival. Eight bands on stage in total, but it's been suggested that the highlight of the evening went to Todd Simko's former bandmates.  Performing three classic Pure songs from back in the day, as well as two more current Guilty About Girls tracks, the remaining original members were joined by  other friend's of Todd's to recreate those songs.

Jordy Birch and Mark Henning were complimented onstage by Justin "Juice" Kadis and Misty Reid (formerly of the Yoko Casionos and currently members of Combine the Victorious) as well as Stefan Sigerson and Guilty About Girls drummer Lucas Poth.   Leigh Grant, original drummer of Pure, was also called up to make a special appearance on the kit for a very authentic version of Denial.  Isabelle Dunlop from Combine the Victorious joined the group for the last two Guilty About Girls songs as well.

With eight acts to perform in one night the sets were fairly short, but Pure / Guilty About Girls managed to squeeze in several old favorites.  The set order ran as follows:
Blast (from the Pureafunalia album)
Anna is a Speed Freak (off Generation Six Pack)
Denial (Generation Six Pack)
Candy Candy (The Very Best of...)
Polygraph (The Very Best of...)

The band for the evening comprised:
vocals: Jordy Birch
keyboards: Mark Henning
drums: Lucas Poth / Leigh Grant
lead guitar: Justin "Juice" Kadis
rhythm guitar: Misty Reid
bass guitar: Stefan Sigerson
guest vocals; Isabelle Dunlop

(Thanks to Rod Grim for shooting video on the night)

It was a great event, for a good cause (Canadian Mental Health Association), and everyone had a great time.  Big thanks must go out to Minna Simko for organizing the entire thing, as well as the excellent crew who ensured everything went smoothly and professionally: Bob, Brian, Chris, Boris, and Jason all deserve special praise for their professionalism and great spirit!

Thanks for reading.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Pure and Combine @A Change of Frequency Saturday!

It's been quickly coming up on us, and this weekend is the first ever Change of Frequency music festival in New Westminster.  Put together by Minna Simko in memory of her husband and our dear friend Todd Simko, this is the realization of a dream Todd held to bring live music back to the Columbia Theatre in New West.

We've been rehearsing away in the studio, both bands making a lovely racket in our peaceful neighbourhood (thank you to out extraordinarily tolerant neighbours!) and things are sounding really amazing.  Combine the Victorious has the best line up ever with the additions of Juice and Misty.  The new songs are epic and masterful sounding, and there is even a brand new song written specifically for Todd Simko that will open the show.

Pure has expanded its lineup for this one off performance.  All good friends of Todd's, Jordy Birch and Mark Henning have even managed to get a hold of Leigh Grant (Pure's original drummer) to join them for a definitive version of Denial on stage this coming Saturday night.  With eight bands on the bill, it set is relatively short, but the music is sounding great and we're all excited to be playing some of the classic tracks. 

Come on out for both nights of great music, Friday night promises a more folk bases start, but concludes with the music of Fake Shark Real Zombie.  Saturday night is jam packed with indie rock, punk rock, garage rock, electronic experimental pop and of course the songs of Pure and Guilty About Girls.  It'll be great, not to be missed!

Tickets available online right now, but they are almost sold out, so get em quick!